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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Desmodium viridiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium viridiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Desmodium viridiflorum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-018:
Desmodium viridiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Desmodium viridiflorum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia viridiflora

 

COMMON NAME:
Velvety Tick-trefoil, Velvety Tick-clover


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mevi8_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm200502_4502

May    Greenville County    SC

Tall Pines Wildlife Management Area

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JK Marlow    jkm200525_5298

May    Greenville County    SC

Tall Pines Wildlife Management Area

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JK Marlow    jkm160629_103

June    McCormick County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm170624_275

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm170624_276

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm100702_125

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140804_350

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Stems sparsely to densely-puberulent as well as uncinate-pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140804_353

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves densely villous on the lower surface, per Weakley's Flora (2012).


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Beggar's Lice (Tick-trefoil) species

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JK Marlow    jkm140804_353b

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaflets densely velvety spreading-villous below especially along the veins, per Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States (Isely, 1998).

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JK Marlow    jkm140804_356

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Terminal leaflet rhombic or deltoid, 3.5-11cm long; stipels persistent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140822_975

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140822_977

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm160816_523

August    Oconee County    SC

Calyx sparsely to densely short-pubescent. Pedicels 2.5-8mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160816_528

August    Oconee County    SC

Inflorescence paniculate, densely puberulent and uncinate-pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160816_530

August    Oconee County    SC

Petals 5-9mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm130913_311

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140909_595596

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140909_600

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140909_608

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Loment straight, with (3)4-5(6) segments, per Weakley's Flora (2012).


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE loments of Desmodium species

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JK Marlow    jkm180906_4608

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm151006_334

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Loment moderately to densely uncinulate-pubescent on both sides and sutures, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm151006_335

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm151006_336

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

The reticulum obscured except in age as the pubescence thins, per Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States (Isely, 1998).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Desmodium viridiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium viridiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Desmodium viridiflorum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-018:
Desmodium viridiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Desmodium viridiflorum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia viridiflora

 

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454

Subshrub; Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (uncommon in GA Mountains)

Habitat: Fields, woodland borders, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rose-purplish
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

Flowers in terminal panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Loment with 4 or more angular segments

 

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